Although QR codes have been used for a few years in other countries, in the U.S. we're still learning how to put them to work for us. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking them to the streets and buildings of his city. Soon, QR codes will be on all Department of Buildings permits.

New Yorkers expect to be able to gather information instantly, and the use of QR codes will allow them to get all information about construction work while standing on the sidewalk,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The QR codes will provide more efficient access to government data, help the public know what’s being built in their neighborhoods, and it will allow people to make more informed decisions about things from renting an apartment to making a complaint. This is another example of how we are using the latest advances in technology to increase accountability and provide more information to the public.

After scanning the codes Mayor Bloomberg is putting in place, New Yorkers will have access to the building permit history of whomever is attached to the permit. Pretty cool to see such a use case for QR codes being put to work. [Mike Bloomberg]